Student focus – Ceramic Sculpture

Let’s go with the figurative sculptures for a while! Here is a group of small maquettes (trials or models) by Irit. She started working directly from a seed pod (the shape of the six small forms underneath the standing figure) and from there developed and reworked the form, accentuating its similarity to a human figure (large form on the left of the each image) and suggesting a face of sorts. As a third stage she made a childlike figure of similar height and with similar modelling to the top of the head/hair. Grouped together they made an intriguing, whimsical yet slightly dark collection, telling a story very different to the basic story of construction! The image on the left shows the work after bisque firing, the image on the right shows the work after raku firing. Personally I love the soft fleshy tones of the unglazed clay and find something of the work’s subtlety is lost under the glaze.

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